Killer Joe (12/21) Full Press Release
“Matthew McConaughey is on fire in KILLER JOE, fierce and ferociously funny.”– Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“Expertly directed, flawlessly cast and written with merciless black humor.”
– Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
Matthew McConaughey Stars In Critically Acclaimed Black Comedy Thriller Arriving On Blu-ray Disc, DVD, On Demand and Pay-Per-View December 21 From Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Early Digital Download Window Begins December 14
LOS ANGELES, CA October 16, 2012 – Academy Award®-winning director William Friedkin (The French Connection, 1971) and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Tracy Letts (August: Osage County) take a trip into a Texas trailer park underworld in Killer Joe, arriving on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, On Demand and Pay-Per-View on Friday, December 21 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Killer Joe will also be available on EST December 14, one week prior to the Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand release. This twisted and darkly humorous story of Detective “Killer” Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) has electrified audiences with its audacious spirit for deep-fried noir.
Featuring a critically acclaimed performance from McConaughey, Killer Joe’s all-star cast also includes Emile Hirsch (Into The Wild), Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises), Gina Gershon (The Insider) and Thomas Hayden Church (Sideways). An official selection of the Venice International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and Edinburgh International Film Festival, Killer Joe was also aTime Out New York critic’s pick. The film was released theatrically through LD Entertainment.
The Blu-ray Disc will feature the Unrated Director’s Cut of the film, while the DVD will feature an R-rated version. Including a director’s commentary, a behind-the-scenes featurette plus the director intro and cast Q&A from SXSW, the Killer Joe Blu-ray Disc and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
Killer Joe Cooper (McConaughey) is a Dallas detective who doubles as a hit man with the charm of a southern gentleman. Chris (Hirsch) hires Joe to kill his mother in order to collect her life insurance and pay off his debts. Unable to pay for the service upfront Joe takes Chris’ sister Dottie (Temple) as a retainer until he can be paid.
BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*
· “Southern Fried Hospitality: From Stage to Screen” featurette
· SXSW Q&A with Cast
· SXSW Intro by William Friedkin
· Red Band Theatrical Trailer
· Audio Commentary with William Friedkin
*Subject to change
Year of Production: 2011
Title Copyright: Killer Joe © 2011 Killer Joe Nevada, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2012 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Ratings: R for strong and disturbing violence, sexuality, graphic nudity, drug use and language;
Unrated – the unrated version contains material different from the R-rated version.
Genre: Dark Comedy; Thriller; Crime
Blu-ray Closed Captioned: English SDH
DVD Closed Captioned: English
Subtitles: English and Spanish
Blu-ray Format: 1080P High Definition 16x9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
DVD Format: 16x9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
Feature Running Time:
Unrated Director’s Cut - 102 minutes
R-rated Version – 101 minutes
Blu-ray Audio Status: 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio
DVD Audio Status: 5.1 Dolby Digital
Just so we're clear, the 'unrated' version is actually the NC-17 cut shown in theaters... but since some retailers apparently still refuse to carry NC-17-rated titles (what is this, 1992 still? :rolleyes: ) they changed it to 'unrated' to cover their ass. But a bigger question is why that version is only being put on the Blu-ray and not the regular DVD as well? :confused:
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